The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation has selected Mrs. Brooke Tharp to be the Mt. Vernon High School principal. If approved by the MVCSC Board of Trustees on March 27, Mrs. Brooke Tharp will begin this new contract on July 1, 2023. Tharp’s educational career brings over 29 years to this leadership position with over 20 of them as a special education and English teacher.
Thanks to the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation's outreach, nearly 100 department leads from the new Walmart distribution center recently volunteered at Mt. Vernon schools. On Read Across America Day, the Walmart employees enjoyed playing dodgeball with young students, engaged with students during lunch and recess duties, and of course read to students.
All students who live out-of-district and are interested in attending or are currently attending a Mt. Vernon school are also required to submit an application during either of these selected windows to attend a Mt. Vernon school during the 2023-2024 school year. If you live in any MVCSC enrollment area, you do NOT need to complete this application.
The Small Smiles Club at Mt. Vernon High School has been spreading joy to students and staff alike, ever since it was created during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The club was created by junior, Abbey Maple, with the purpose of performing small acts of kindness at Mt. Vernon High School that positively impacts people’s lives.
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is proud to share this year’s building winners of Teacher of the Year (TOY), and Staff of the Year (SOY)! This year's building TOY winners included the following: Jill Chastain - Fortville Elementary School (FES), Kayla Negley - McCordsville Elementary (MES), Liz Moan - Mt. Comfort Elementary (MCE), Karen Riesterer - Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS), Courtney Stroup - Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) and Dana Hochstedler (Admin/multiple buildings). SOY winners included the following: Dawn Teschendorf (FES), Emily Snider (MES), Wendy Mayo (MCE), Jennifer Hohnbaum (MVHS), Julie Wilson (MVMS) and Lisa Heitman (Admin). Special thanks to the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation for sponsoring Mt. Vernon’s TOY and SOY.
Over Thanksgiving Break, around 60 students from the Mt. Vernon High School Band of Marauders traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to perform in the ABC Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Band of Marauders decided to take advantage of the proximity to New York City and top off their trip with additional memorable experiences in The Big Apple. This trip was a well-deserved vacation after over 300 hours rehearsing in their nearly six-month long marching band season. Several of the students’ families were able to join the students on this eventful trip.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Fortville Elementary School (FES) and the Transportation Building was held on November 30 and began with a welcome from Superintendent Dr. Jack Parker.
Superintendent Dr. Jack Parker shared an enrollment update at the recent MVCSC Board of Trustees meeting. A few key points include that our enrollment has had a little slower growth than predicted in the 2019 demographer's report. There are likely a number of reasons for the slower growth which could include the impact of a pandemic, the supply of building materials available to builders, inflation and potentially many more.
Mt. Vernon High School seniors Lillianna Fronek and Ella Hubbell were selected as finalists for the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) annual Lilly Endowment scholarship, where each year, two seniors are selected from each of the four Hancock County high schools. Out of these eight seniors, two lucky students were chosen to receive the scholarship that pays for all four years of their college tuition.
Mt. Vernon appreciates those who have served! The three Mt. Vernon elementary schools and the middle school held convocations which emphasized the sacrifices made by the veterans. The convocations included student-led patriotic songs, speeches, poems, decorations, and parades. Veterans in attendance greatly appreciated the well-deserved recognition.
MVCSC recently hosted local realtors and builders in the community at an engaging breakfast where they learned more information about Mt. Vernon. Attendees also enjoyed student entertainment, played a game and trivia, won prizes, listened to a presentation from Dr. Parker and also heard from the Cumberland and McCordsville Town Managers. Mt. Vernon resources were also shared with realtors in an effort to help sell listings.
Mt. Vernon High School senior, Amelia Smith, is giving back to her community in a very unique way. What started as a need to do something with the abundance of little makeup bags collected each month from a subscription service, quickly became a way to assist women in need. Amelia decided to fill the bags with feminine products, makeup and toiletries and deliver them to shelters in various surrounding counties: Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, and Madison. With the help from her church, local shelters and her younger sister Calista, Amelia has been able to spread care all throughout central Indiana, while also learning a lot about the process of outreach for those needing shelters.
Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students were encouraged to dream about their futures and were recently exposed to a variety of careers that align with academic pathways at MVHS. The one-day career exposure event, sponsored by the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation, offered a career exploration assembly to freshmen in the morning while sophomores and juniors were taking the PSAT. During this assembly, guest speakers from various career pathways shared detailed information about their jobs. In the afternoon, after students finished PSAT testing, all students attended a college and career fair where they were able to learn that it is never too early to start preparing for their futures.
Mr. Bernie Campbell has been named as the Mt. Vernon High School Interim Principal and will return to Mt. Vernon on September 30, 2022. He began his 32-year education career in 1984 at Mt. Vernon High School as a Business Education teacher and eventually became principal until he retired in 2016
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, a Bayer Fund program, partners with farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits and schools to help their communities. Through the program, farmers enroll for the chance to direct a $5,000 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization or school of their choice. Local farmer, Bob Cook, recently directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America's Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) and was recognized at a summer Board of Trustees meeting. The funds will be directed to Mt. Vernon High School programming.